It was your humble scribe who first noticed just how horrible the Kansas City Chiefs looked to end up…
With the close of last season, it was clear to me that this was a very bad team. They had no quarterback, true running game (one that could drive the field and score, sorry), the defense was poor, the coaching lame and the general manager seemed to be a bust as well.
All bad, very bad.
I watched the preseason unfold and it was even worse. The Chiefs were a team trying to win just one game and they couldn’t. I had no doubt that they were one of the two or three worst teams in football.
Unfortunately, now it looks like I should have made that bet on the under when it was 8 1/2 instead of 7 games.
Now what looked like a sure thing – and nothing is these days – might become a nightmare for your poor scribe. A team that everyone else figured out way after me, that looked to be the NFL’S WORST, is now playing for FIRST PLACE MONDAY NIGHT AT HOME.
Lordy, lordy, lordy – shocker!
OK, now let’s get a little more real. The Chiefs to this point are still not a very good team. Not yet. They still have a weak quarterback, Matt THE FRANCHISE Cassel. The defense may still be shaky, but it’s much better now. And the running game is still in question.
What is not in so much question is the team’s MVP, Dwayne Bowe.
This guy is now a really dangerous weapon FOR THE FIRST TIME. One of the best in the NFL, the top three. He’s the man. If Bowe goes down, my bet is a winner because he is the offense. Bowe sets everything up, including the run. He must be covered well by the other team’s defense, he is the focus.
Even Cassel is doing well now, why? Is he better? No. He figured it out. I AM AVERAGE, DON’T TURN THE BALL OVER.
And he hasn’t in three games, but once. Matt is maybe in the bottom 10 quarterbacks, but he’s getting smarter. Now he sees that he can’t carry a team, but he CAN lose a game by fumbling or interceptions. When your team is weak you can’t afford any turnovers that matter. Matt basically can’t drive a long field. He needs help, short fields. He needs our defense or special teams to set him up. Now they do.
The Chiefs discovered that Jackie Battle is a tough runner. We talked about him now for three years as the short yardage guy, not a Thomas Jones. He’s a decent back. And Steve Breston and John Baldwin can now be decent with all the attention on Bowe.
The running game may in an odd way be better now without Jamaal Charles. Huh?
The Chiefs leaned on him too much. He is a scat back and not an every down back like Battle. This forces this offense to do other things like use Javier Arenas on trick plays. Sure, with Charles back they will be better, but now they found out that Battle is valuable and Jones can go.
The scribe is nervous, but not giving in on my original claims – not yet. We have beaten three terrible teams – two had no wins – and the Oakland Raiders were badly wounded with no quarterback or top running back. So it became a gimme as well.
Here’s the deal: We are 3-3 and we have 10 games left. For me to win my bet the Chiefs must win only 4 games not 5. I believe they have at least two gimmes – Miami here and likely Denver here. With Tim Tebow at Denver that may not be an easy win. Lets give them that one though. Now we have Chicago, New England, Green Bay, the Jets and Chargers – all of which should or could be losses. As well as the Steelers.
If that happens, I win.
However a win Monday night would be huge for the Chiefs, first place.
And upsets happen. Then maybe they nip the Jets or Chicago. I doubt it, but it could happen. However the Chiefs are very capable of losing to Denver there and Oakland here because by season’s end the Raiders will be fixed, I think.
Either way, Haley likely keeps his job, Matt starts again next year, Chiefs fans are happy and we have a couple meaningful games.
Unfortunately, this team will continue to go nowhere.
Locking up Matt and maybe Haley could be long-term bad in that we can never challenge to do deep in the play-offs. No Super Bowl, not with Matt. He just doesn’t have that wheel – it’s not there – he can’t get it done in a league that is mostly offense now. Passing offense.
So even while at 90-plus percent on my picks, the biggest blow to the scribe would be a Chiefs 8-8 season!
It takes them nowhere, but costs me and all of us in a way. Damn, and I wanted to see "Hey Ricky, you’re so fine. You’re so fine you blow my mind. HEY, RICKY!"